Robert Chatham

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5 Reasons You Need to See Gorillas in Uganda

Mountain gorillas can only survive in the wild, so trekking into their native forests is your only chance to catch a peek.<p>Sitting in silence on the cold ground of a Ugandan forest for 60 minutes might be one of life’s greatest privileges. There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas in existence, and …

Mark Twain on Why “Travel is Fatal to Prejudice, Bigotry and Narrow-Mindedness, and Many of Our People Need It Sorely on These Accounts” (1869)

<i>Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Humanity has come up with many negative stereotypes of Americans, some of them not entirely groundless: the …

Literature

Should You Buy a Vintage Overlander? – Expedition Portal

Vintage

Solo Travel Off the Beaten Path

Fewer tourists. Better travel experiences. There are lots of reasons to travel solo off the beaten path. Here are you tips for how to do it well.The …

Travel

The Conflict in Jerusalem Is Distinctly Modern. Here’s the History.

In December 1917 — 100 years ago this month — the British general Edmund Allenby seized control of Jerusalem from its Ottoman Turkish defenders. Dismounting his horse, he entered the Old City on foot, through Jaffa Gate, out of respect for its holy status.<p>In the century since, Jerusalem has been …

Israel

Our report on America’s military court proceedings that followed the My Lai massacre

The massacre took place on March 16th, 1968. From 1971: Who are the war criminals?<p>Unlike most tribunals, a military court does not explain its …

The Brain

Ho Chi Minh - a summary

The single most influential figure in the Vietnamese nationalist movement, Ho Chi Minh was one of those rare figures in history who appear to …

Kayaking

The Best Sleep Masks for Traveling

The right sleep mask can reduce headaches, relieve stress, or even diminish the signs of aging.<p>Confession time: I am completely dependent on eye …

Sleep

Madagascar is one of the most unique spots in the world

Madagascar is a land of the unique and diverse<p>Madagascar is a world unto itself. A massive island, with vastly different microclimates, remote areas, …

Zoology

Take Me Away: Sorrento, Italy’s paradise by the sea

There's an Italian paradise by the sea that is home to mermaids, volcanoes, limoncello, Greek legends and Italian traditions. Since the times of ancient Rome, the rich and famous always seem to “Come Back to Sorrento.”<p>Sorrento likely got its name from Surrentum, the ancient Roman name for this …

Italy

A traveller's guide to buying a 4x4 for off-road adventures

Just because a car looks like a 4x4 doesn't mean it is a 4x4. So if you're the kind of traveler who likes to head off the beaten track, here are 10 …

Off-roading

Beginner’s guide to the awesome world of RVing

WHEN I WAS a kid, my parents didn’t have the money to take us to Disney World, let alone on far-flung European tours. But I didn’t care — I had the …

RVs

The Best Travel Towel Can Absorb Up to Nine Times Its Weight in Water

On the road or the trail, microfiber towels are the way to go.<p>On a scale from one to “I lost my passport at that bar,” realizing you forgot a towel …

Camping

This Portable Travel Safe Protects Your Travel Belongings Like No Other

When Kel and I started planning our huge cross-country road trip for 2018, we started pondering the best way to safeguard our valuables in the truck. …

Portable

Vintage Explorers: 7 Adventure Vehicles for the Perfect Off-Road Trip

Few things say adventure like hitting the open road in the latest sports car or super sedan — unless you want to take your adventures off of the …

East Coast Defender’s Project Viper Is a Classic Overlander on Steroids

East Coast Defender is known for incredible Land Rover Defender builds that beef up old and new versions of the classic overlander. If you want a …

The Greatest Collection of Vintage Jeeps Doesn’t Even Belong to Jeep

It’s not at all odd to see car manufacturers set up museums dedicated to the brand, attached to the factory, on the factory grounds, or at least …

East Africa vs. Southern Africa: How to Choose for your Safari

• <b>Lodge-centered vs. Operator-centered</b> – This is the biggest single difference. In the south, your entire safari experience is organized by, and …

15 Best Outdoor Gifts For The Next Camping Trip Under $50

Bushcraft 101<p>For the outdoorsman in training, some literature based on how to make the most of your outdoor excursions is never a bad idea. This …

The Lost City in La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

In 1976 a boy and his father discovered a lost city, hidden away for hundreds of years and tucked deep in the jungle of <b>La Sierra Nevada de Santa …

How to Experience Gabriel García Márquez's Colombia in 9 Magical Ways

Just 90 minutes away from my Colombian home, close to the Caribbean Sea and surrounded by mountains, is a place of legend: Aracataca. <i>¿No sabes?</i> Maybe …

South America

10 Super Cheap Countries To Travel To Right Now

Traveling can cost a pretty penny, especially if you want to venture outside the U.S. and explore the far reaches of the world. But not every …

Ho Chi Minh City

How to redesign a van to live out of it

A new generation is bringing back an old trend: Turning classic Volkswagen and cargo vans into full-on campers.<p>RVs and camper vans give their owners …

Home Improvement

Incredible Afrobeat music from Mali

Founded in 1989, Mr Bongo is an exquisitely-curated indie record (and film) label that uncovers incredible Brazilian psych, rare soul, avant-jazz, …

West Africa

When it comes to destroying evidence, Donald Trump shouldn’t talk

A standard practice in Trump’s organization is to destroy pertinent documents and data<p><i>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.</i><p>Donald Trump's secret weapons are a paper shredder and a delete button. The white nationalist rhetoric and "lock her up" chants might have been getting all the …

Donald Trump

Unsealing of Christ's Reputed Tomb Turns Up New Revelations

JERUSALEM<p>For just 60 hours, researchers had the opportunity to examine the holiest site in Christianity. Here's what they found.<p>Researchers have continued their investigation into the site where the body of Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been buried, and their preliminary findings …

10 Recent Discoveries That Shed New Light On Ancient Civilizations

Numerous ancient civilizations around the world were advanced and highly civilized. Some are very popular and well-studied like the Egyptians while …

National Geographic Travel

Oldest Evidence of Warfare Found in Kenya

A new fossil discovery near Lake Turkana, Kenya indicates that humans have been murdering each other for at least 10,000 years. Cambridge University …